Say Old Man

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in E

From the Gene Goforth Collection

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Recording of Gene Goforth released on the album Gene Goforth: Eminence Breakdown


I’m not familiar enough with this tune to attempt to divide Goforth’s variations on the challenging Texas standard Say Old Man into repetitions. When I say variations, I do mean variations. There are a lot of them, and they are very nice. I’m also not certain as to what key to call this. I finally settled on the key of E, as the backup guitarist seems to be playing a lot of E major chords in the recording. But there are an awful lot of naturals.

Tune to EDAE.


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